CCG criticises NHS England after being ordered to cut GP funding

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 17 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k247
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The head of a financially stricken clinical commissioning group (CCG) has launched an outspoken attack on NHS England after the group was ordered to cut GP funding to balance its books.

In a starkly written letter to local GPs sent on 12 January that was leaked to The BMJ, Paul Williams, chair of West Norfolk CCG, said that the group faced a “dire” financial situation, warning of “very unpleasant consequences” from decisions it was being forced to take.

Williams said that the CCG had been ordered by NHS England to cut local enhanced services payments to general practices, which fund work outside the core GP contract such as minor injury consultations, wound care, and phlebotomy. He wrote that “it …

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